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Samuel Penny, Jr.

August 12, 1853
Home Town:
New York, NY
Later Residences:
Brooklyn, NY
Jemima Scribner (unknown)
Biographical Notes:
Samuel Penny, Jr. was the youngest son of Samuel Penny, a New York City merchant. Born in 1808, Samuel attended Sarah Pierce's Female Academy in Litchfield, Connecticut in 1818. In 1827 he graduated from Columbia College, and quickly returned to Litchfield to study law at the Litchfield Law School. While Penny was studying in Litchfield, his health began to deteriorate and he never fully recovered. In an attempt to regain his former vigor, Penny began to travel widely and went twice to the West Indies. After he returned to the United States, he entered Lane Theological Seminary, and began his divinity career as a Presbyterian. However, he soon converted to the Episcopalian Church. He became an ordained Episcopal minister in 1838 and preached in Portsmouth, Jamestown, and Manville, Rhode Island. ...

Years at school:
LLS: 1828; LFA: 1818
Other Education:
He graduated from Columbia College in 1827 and studied at Lane Theological Seminary. He also studied at the General Theological Seminary in New York City from 1835-1838.

Profession / Service
Religious Calling

Related Objects and Documents
In the Ledger:
help The Citation of Attendance provides primary source documentation of the student’s attendance at the Litchfield Female Academy and/or the Litchfield Law School. If a citation is absent, the student is thought to have attended but currently lacks primary source confirmation.

Records for the schools were sporadic, especially in the formative years of both institutions. If instructors kept comprehensive records for the Litchfield Female Academy or the Litchfield Law School, they do not survive. Researchers and staff have identified students through letters, diaries, family histories and genealogies, and town histories as well as catalogues of students printed in various years. Art and needlework have provided further identification of Female Academy Students, and Litchfield County Bar records document a number of Law School students. The history of both schools and the identification of the students who attended them owe credit to the early 20th century research and documentation efforts of Emily Noyes Vanderpoel and Samuel Fisher, and the late 20th century research and documentation efforts of Lynne Templeton Brickley and the Litchfield Historical Society staff.
Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1848), 22.

"Catalogue of the Ladies Academy in Litchfield" 1818 by J.A. Shepard (Litchfield Historical Society - Litchfield Female Academy collection).
Secondary Sources:
Waterman, Rev. Henry. The Silent Preacher; Being Posthumous Sermons of the Rev. Samuel Penny. Providence, RI: George H. Whitney, 1854.

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